750 clears major hurdle *** Updated x4 ***
Thursday, Mar 29, 2007
As I always say, a committee vote usually means little in the House, but this might be another exception to the rule. House Bill 750 - the income/sales tax increase - cleared the House Education Appropriations Committee this morning on a vote of 12-3 with six abstentions.
Here are the services that would be taxed for the first time under Amendment One of the bill, which is the version the committee approved…
Senate President Emil Jones has said he won’t call any tax hike for a vote except the governor’s gross receipts tax, so this definitely sets up an intercameral showdown. As of a few minutes ago, Senators were still waiting on an actual GRT bill, and it’s not known if they’ll see one this week.
The governor, of course, has said he will veto any income and/or sales tax increase.
*** UPDATE 2 *** A group of gross receipts tax supporters has sent a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan…
The signatories include SEIU, the IEA, the IFT, Illinois Hospital Association and Illinois Planned Parenthood Council, among several others.
The full letter is below. Click it to see it…
*** UPDATE 3 *** Madigan’s office refused comment on the letter. HB 750’s sponsor, Rep. David Miller, did have some things to say and those comments will be included in tomorrow’s Capitol Fax.
*** UPDATE 4 *** Details of the governor’s statewide bus tour next week have been released. [Hat tip: My dad, who was somehow sent the link.]